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Topic: Relational operators on intervals: bug?
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Murray Eisenberg

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Re: Relational operators on intervals: bug?
Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:13 AM
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On Nov 12, 2012, at 3:07 AM, Richard Fateman <> wrote:

> On 11/11/2012 12:59 PM, wrote:

>> 1. Comparision of any Interval[___] to the empty interval Interval[]:

> What makes you think that this is a notation for an empty Interval,
> whatever that is?

One way to define "interval" J mathematically in a (linearly) ordered set X such as the set of reals is to say J is a subset of X having the property that, for all a, b and c in X, if a and b are elements of J and if a < c < b, then also c is an element of J.

Using that definition, evidently the empty set _is_ an interval, as are rays in the real line. Which is fortunate, for otherwise the theorem that a subset of the reals is connected if and only if it is an interval would have to be restated with awkward restrictions.

Of course the OP's notation for the empty interval is spurious.

Here is the empty interval in Mathematica:

Interval[{1, 0}]


Resolve[Exists[x, IntervalMemberQ[Interval[{1, 0}], x]]]

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